Tips to reduce blood pressure, hypertension

Lower Your High Blood Pressure

Blood pressure is the force of blood against the walls of arteries. Blood pressure is recorded as two numbers—the systolic pressure (as the heart beats) over the diastolic pressure (as the heart relaxes between beats).

The measurement is written one above or before the other, with the systolic number on top and the diastolic number on the bottom. For example, a blood pressure measurement of 120/80 mmHg (millimeters of mercury) is expressed verbally as “120 over 80.”

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Take a Nap!

Infants do it. Toddlers do it. The elderly do it. Cats and most in the animal kingdom do it.

Taking a daily nap is important no matter what age you are. Most people don’t get the recommended 8 hours of sleep at night, so a nap can recharge your battery. Besides, who wouldn’t want to take a nap?

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Superfruit Cranberries

The cranberry plant is indigenous to North America and the Native Americans were the first to use the cranberry as food. A cousin of the blueberry, half the US production of cranberries comes from Wisconsin.

Cranberry juice cocktail, commonly available at supermarkets, contains a teaspoon of sugar per ounce, more than sugary soft drinks that have been linked to obesity. Not only that, the solid part of the cranberry left behind after being pressed for juice, is what contains the best parts of the cranberry from a health perspective.

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Wonderful D

Vitamin D, considered by some to be a nutrient or hormone, is becoming popular as a wonder supplement.

Vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium and maintain strong bones, preventing rickets in children. And not only does it have a role in preventing osteoporosis and bone fractures, it helps in preventing heart and infectious diseases as well as breast and colon cancer, viruses and autoimmune diseases such as Lupus and multiple sclerosis, and lessening the symptoms of asthma.

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Lovin’ Lemons

When a Turkish friend of mine was finished squeezing a lemon, she rubbed the cut side of a fresh lemon over my hands. The result was great – my hands were so soft and scented wonderfully.

Lemons contain cleansing enzymes which when rubbed on your skin after being cut, remove dead skin and make your skin feel smoother. The juice is also a cleansing astringent, so when applied to the face, it reduces pore size, gets rid of excess oil, and tones down blackheads.

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Xylitol – a Healthy and Natural Way to Sweeten – and More!

Xylitol is a natural sweet-tasting alcohol sugar derived from woody, fibrous plant materials, and many fruits and vegetables. Xylitol is used as a sweetener in foods, and  it can be used in baking as well.

Xylitol:

  • Looks and feels like sugar and it tastes good!
  • Has 40% fewer calories than sugar
  • Can be used by diabetes sufferers as a sugar substitute because of its minimal effect on blood sugar

And it has health benefits as well!

  • Improves dental health by actually killing cavity-causing bacteria and inhibiting plaque and is added to candy and chewing gum to prevent tooth decay
  • When added to a nasal spray, it aids in the clearing of mucous reducing the incidence of sinus and upper respiratory infections
  • It has been shown to reduce the incidence of middle ear infections in children
  • Possibly strengthening bones reducing the risk of osteoporosis

Throw away your sugar and artificial sweeteners – use Xylitol instead!